Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Proposed Postcodes: Statements
Maurice Cummins (Fine Gael)
I support the introduction of postcodes, as proposed by the Minister. This is long overdue and the cost involved is not prohibitive. From a security perspective, it is important that items of significant value which are sent in the post reach their destination and people can be assured of the security that their letter will be delivered to the right destination.
The proposal to incorporate postcodes into a GPS navigation system should be examined and the Minister has displayed an interest in such technology in the past. I am sure he will take on board the suggestions of Opposition Members, particularly those enunciated by Senator O'Reilly. When one uses the Internet to purchase goods, one is generally asked for one's postcode. Ireland is one of very few countries that does not use postcodes. Even from the point of view of bringing us in line with our European peers, this action should be applauded.
When will the postcodes be fully operational? Will they be introduced on a county-by-county or piecemeal basis or will a system be introduced nationwide on a specified date? They should be introduced on the same day throughout the State and I presume that is envisaged but I would like the Minister to elaborate on that. I thank him for his contribution and I hope he will take on board the issues raised by Senator O'Reilly.